MLB News: President is Hopeful Fans Will Be Able to Attend Games by August
Some good news and a little bit of bad news came out of a phone call with President Donald Trump today. MLB executives got onto a conference call with the President along with league officials from almost every other sport. The phone call was aimed at plotting out a future for sports in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ESPN got the breakdown of the conversation with the President, and one piece, in particular, will be of interest to MLB fans. In the article, Trump is reported to say that he was hopeful fans will be able to attend games by August or September.
Trump also said he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
MLB fans can look at this one of two ways. Either you can be happy that there is hope that baseball will be back, or upset because you were optimistic there would be games played way before August. Games still might be played before then, but it looks like fans will not be in attendance for quite some time.
One other interesting piece from the phone call related to tax relief for teams. Trump apparently suggested that teams be able to use tax credits for expenses like concessions and ticket sales. The idea behind that would be to get fans back to games once sports are able to get started again. For MLB fans, this could be very effective, considering the price of concessions at baseball games.
Trump also said that he does not anticipate the NFL season seeing any delays. The NBA was the first league to entirely shut down operations amid the virus outbreak, and they are expected to lead the way in starting back up.
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As long as one person still has this virus, there will not be fans at any sporting event. That has to be faced by all sports fans. I do think sports needs to return simply as a national distraction. Play ball without fans. If a few MLB teams can play with <2,000 fans in their stands, then we all can do it. If we are able to watch a repeat of the whole 1988 World Series, then live baseball will be good also.